The Great Texas Wind Rush

Galbraith, Kate; Price, Asher

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Two environmental reporters tell the fascinating story behind Texas's unlikely triumph in the clean-energy marketplace through wind farming Num Pages: 209 pages, black & white halftones. BIC Classification: 1KBBSX; KNBT. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 234 x 160 x 20. Weight in Grams: 476. . 2013. 1St Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory #

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In the late 1990s, West Texas was full of rundown towns and pumpjacks, aging reminders of the oil rush of an earlier era. Today, the towns are thriving as 300-foot-tall wind turbines tower above those pumpjacks. Wind energy has become Texas’s latest boom, with the Lone Star State now leading the nation. How did this dramatic transformation happen in a place that fights federal environmental policies at every turn? In The Great Texas Wind Rush, environmental reporters Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the compelling story of a group of unlikely dreamers and innovators, politicos and profiteers.

The tale spans a generation and more, and it begins with the early wind pioneers, precocious idealists who saw opportunity after the 1970s oil crisis. Operating in an economy accustomed to exploiting natural resources and always looking for the next big thing, their ideas eventually led to surprising partnerships between entrepreneurs and environmentalists, as everyone from Enron executives to T. Boone Pickens, as well as Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, ended up backing the new technology. In this down-to-earth account, the authors explain the policies and science that propelled the “windcatters” to reap the great harvest of Texas wind. They also explore what the future holds for this relentless resource that is changing the face of Texas energy.

About the Author: Kate Galbraith is a journalist who has covered energy issues for the Texas Tribune and the New York Times.

Asher Price reports on the environment for the Austin American-Statesman.

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